Larry Rupe


Saturday, May 17, 2012

Larry Rupe, 73, of Columbia passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 17, 2012, at his home surrounded by his family and loving wife of 32 years. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at Memorial Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 21, at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Larry was born Jan. 5, 1939, in Centralia, Ill., to Lowell A. Rupe and Berneze Jones. He remained in Centralia, finishing high school and a year of junior college before moving to Columbia in 1958. There, he married his first wife, Jean (Seymour) Sapp. In January 1980, he married Cheryl (Frisbie) of Mexico, Mo., and she survives. Larry retired in 1995 after 30-plus years with United Parcel Service. He was a member of the local Twilight Lodge of the Masonic Order. Larry is survived by two daughters, Teresa Singleton and her husband, Tom, and Cheryl Haynie and her husband, Jim; one stepdaughter, Cara Smith Wray of Columbia; one stepson, Bryan Smith of Lee's Summit; nine grandchildren, Jason Huddeston and Heather Haynie of Columbia, Alex Long of Paris, Mo., Kailyn and Kylea Smith of Lee's Summit, and Angelee Geisler, Scott Haynie, Emilee Haynie, and Seth Wray, all of Columbia; and one brother, Bill Rupe of Florida. Larry was preceded in death by his two brothers, Jay Rupe and Roger Rupe. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Compassus or Cross Trail Outfitters. Tributes can be left online at:

This article was published on page A17 of the Saturday, May 19, 2012 edition of The Columbia Daily Tribune.

Cheryl and Larry Rupe